For many of us, the temperatures outside are constantly fluctuating and this can affect our skin in more ways than one. The changing weather is often accompanied by a changing sebum production in our skin that occurs in response to seasonal variations. Sebum is an oily, waxy substance that your body naturally produces in order to keep your skin hydrated, protected and healthy. Learn how seasonal changes affect your skin’s oil production and health and what you can do to ensure your skin stays healthy and happy.
What is Sebum?
Sebum is a naturally occurring substance in your skin that is secreted by hair follicles and sebaceous glands. It is composed of lipids, wax, and proteins and works to keep skin hydrated, balanced, and protected.
What Causes Sebum to Increase and Decrease?
Seasonal changes can affect our sebum production. During spring and summer, the weather is usually hotter and drier, causing skin to produce more sebum to maintain balance. During the cooler months, sebum production decreases as the air is usually more humid. Hormones can also cause fluctuations in sebum production, as can environmental factors or medications.
Tips for Skin Care During Seasonal Changes
To maintain healthy skin during seasonal changes, it’s important to adjust your skin care routine accordingly. Here are a few tips to keep your skin happy and healthy:
- Cleanse: During the warmer months opt for a gentle cleanser to help remove excess oil while not stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
- Moisturize: To keep skin hydrated and protected against environmental aggressors, moisturize regularly with a light-weight moisturizer suitable for your skin type.
- Protect: Sunscreen is always an important part of your skin care routine to protect skin against the damaging effects of the sun. Make sure to choose a sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30.
Seasonal weather changes can affect your skin’s oil production and health. It’s important to adjust your skin care routine accordingly so that your skin remains protected, hydrated and happy. Have fun and stay safe this season!